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, it is "my way or the highway, we will probably not get it done." if in fact mitch mcconnell and john boehner are sincere that they do not want to see u.s. government default, they have to compromise, just like democrats have to compromise. >> the president continues to insist on raising taxes. they are not serious about entitlement reform. i want to get there. i want to do what i think is in the best interests of the country. it takes two to tangle. >> this will take political capital on both sides. i am willing to take my fair share of it. let's step up and do the right thing for the country. host: what is going on behind the scenes? guest: so much. they having meetings. he goes down to the white house. they have a meeting on the patio off the oval office. boehner is having merlo and having a cigarette in the president is having ice-t and chewing a nicorette. they start the process. politics intervenes. the politics is the president cannot control the democratic party and boehner cannot control the house republicans. it is fascinating to hear their internal debates in the capital and then d
this would work. harry reid said it was a sure thing. mitch mcconnell expected it to work. committee met. the mechanism was to come up with this deficit reduction. havef you don't, we'll sequestration, means forced spending cuts immediately in 2013 in a way that is decided almost with a hatchet, so everyone gets cut. pentagon. medical research. the super committee failed. that is what we are stuck with. host: james from louisiana. caller: who do you think is calling the shots in the white house? the thing it is valerie jarrett -- do you think it is valerie jarrett or the other end of the chicago machine. thati is all. guest: the president is calling the shots. he is heavily influenced and the man who ran his successful campaign in 2008, the senior adviser and has the office closest to the oval office. geography is very significant. he is a very skilled political operative. when there is a decision to be made, he ways and with the political -- weighs in with the politcal angle. i would say his influence, valerie jarrett plays a role. there are many other people. the congressional liaison
all the time that didn't mitch mcconnell promise to block his reelection, something everyone in the audience will appreciate. when mitch mcconnell made that pledge, he had 40 votes in the u.s. senate. not even enough to sustain a filibuster even when he got a 41st vote. he wasn't able to block an initiative for two years. president obama got everything he wanted on the economic front from the congress and the same mitch mcconnell actually cut a deal with him that avoided the expiration of the bush tax cuts at the end of 2010. which would've almost would have almost certainly have pushed the economy back into a recession have those tax cuts all expired. so this notion that republican obstruction has never worked for the president and the notion that has prevented him from getting anything done is just factually false. but for president clinton, he made it in a very powerful way. lou: a number of the facts, the so-called facts that the former president views are what's called daschle let's put it this way, highly chargeable and we will do so this evening on this broadcast. but
this headline -- on the senate floor yesterday, the republican leader mitch mcconnell had this to say. [video clip] >> a number of our colleagues have already spoken about the huge problems that we face and the president's complete failure to lead. we have a $16 trillion debt, millions out of work, the biggest tax hike in history looming, and our military faces crippling across-the-board cuts. the nation and the world needs strong american leadership and robust political institutions to meet these challenges. but the president, with a lot of help from the democratic- controlled senate, has deliberately chosen inaction. why? because over the past two years the democratic senate has seen itself as an extension of the president's reelection campaign rather than a forum for solving the nation's problems. everything that it has done and has not done is meant to help the president and not the american people. so our problems have only gotten worse and the senate has completely broken down as an institution. host: yesterday, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. this front page of the washington
and help the new president. when we know that mitch mcconnell and john boehner had meetings, and mitch mcconnell said publicly that his number one priority was to defeat president obama. now we know from the reports of their strategy meetings that they made a considered decision to stop any legislation that president obama offered to try to get the country moving again. i think that fact needs to become better known as people interpret what the situation is now and how much better it is. but how much better it could have been if they really had helped him. >> jennifer: if you think about it, we could throw--between osama bin laden and getting out of the wars, the stimulus, and right behind you right now they're playing a video about education, the race to the top reforms were enormous. healthcare, wall street reform. despite the fact that he did not have al franken for the first six months or he so of his team. >> eliot: because it wasn't what it should have been in the senate. >> jennifer: and i want to say in august, he really only had a very short amount of time. >> eliot: i think the worse m
would cut a deal with me, but he can't. >> obama said if wins the election, mitch mcconnel will change from the party of no, to a party of maybe. chris: some see parallels between this year and 2004 when bush 43 was another president who excited strong opposition from the other side. there are plenty of unlikely parallels between bush's opponent john kerry and mitt romney. they love to ridicule each other. here was john kerry the other night. >> mr. romney, here's a little advice. before you debate barack obama on foreign policy, you better finish the the bait with yourself. chris: here's was romney doing the same to kerry back in 2004. >> the other day i heard that the junior senator from massachusetts is thinking about putting together a balanced ticket. and he wondered whether he could pick someone with views different than his own, he selected himself to do that. chris: a shared handicap is their money an of course northeastern elitism. listen to the pot here calling the kettle black on "hardball" back in 2008 when he was being talked about for mccain's running mate. >> how many ho
, it is a pretty good team. >> mitch mcconnell almost right out of the box after the election saying our guy is going to defeat this guy. i think they did well. it is a new introduction. this is the moment people will finally start to tune in. labor day weekend. it is the conventions. this is the real deal for the next two months, and i think they did not do anything wacko. all the fringe stuff is completely suppressed. >> except for clint eastwood. >> they had a problem occasionally with factual things, but other than that, they did well. >> i think romney succeeded in convincing the convention that he was one of them. he did present to the american people a state that has some lives, but also came to this convention with from the beginning, the romney story of we wanted this president to succeed is a lie. they wanted him to fail from day one, and they set out to do just that. what was breathtaking was paul ryan's performance. chilling, as a matter of fact, in his brazenness to resort to falsehoods. >> one quick question -- do you agree that when most people left they were sold on mitt romn
leader of the senate, mitch mcconnell said, republicans number one goal was to make barack obama a one-term president. they wouldn't cooperate to great jobs. they wouldn't try to turn around the economy. they wouldn't do anything but stand in the way of presidentç obama. now i had a front rowç seat to watch the tea party take over the republican party. for three and-a-half years, they wouldn't govern, they couldn't lead, and we shouldn't let them take over the senate from the whitehouse. [crowd cheering] we must stop the tea party before the united states senate falls into the hands of extremists and idealogs who levees no room for reason or compromise who don't recognize common ground even when they're standing on it. and if they won't stand up to rush limbaugh or grover norquist, what would make anyone think they would stand up for you. [crowd cheering] you see, today's republican party believes in two sets of rules. one for millionaires and billionaires and another for the middle class. and this year, they've nominated the strongest proponent and beer es beneficiary of this rigg
of the senate senate minority leader mitch mcconnell blasting president obama for what mcconnell says is the failure to lead on numerous issues. this just happens. it runs about three minutes. have a lock and listen on this. >> mr. president we all understand there is an election going on around here in a few months, but i'd like to remind my colleagues on the other side that we've also got a job to do right now. i mean we've got multiple crisis-level issues to deal with, and yet our democratic friends don't seem to want to do a thing. never before, never before has a president and a senate done so little to confront challenges so great. we've got a $16 trillion debt, democrats haven't bothered to pass a budget in three years. every single american will get hit with a massive tax hike in just three months if we don't act to prevent it. democrats are saying we shouldn't do anything about it. just go off the cliff, go off the cliff, and let's see what happens. the defense budget is about to suffer automatic cuts at the president's own defense secretary. the sevens tk*ebg b secretary in
it or not in their hearts it is a pretty good team. >> it is better than mitch mcconnell almost runun out of the box after the election saying our job is to defeat thisis guy. this is the moment that people finally are gogoing to start to tu in. it is labor daday weekend. it is the convention. this is the real deal for the next two m month and i think -- they did not do anything wacko. all the french stuff is completely suppressed. >> exit for clint eastwood. >> occaonally with factual things, but other an that, they did well. >> i think romney sceeded in convincing the convention that he was one of them. thatas thehe firstst thing he had to do. he did present to the american peop a face, but also falsehoodsds. frfrom the beginningng, the romney story was we wantethis president to succeed. it is a lie. the party wanted him to fai from day one, and d they set out to do just that. the other thing that i thouought was breathtaking was paul ry's peormance. chilling as a matter of fact in his brazenness to resort to falsehoods. >> one quick question --o you agree that when most people le they were sold on mitt
, and they say like mitch mcconnell, our priority is to get mitt romney voted out of office, which can mitt romney do that barack obama couldn't. >> mitt romney knows how to sit down with someone and analyze the problem and find the aspects of the problem that are common ground. the democrats like to criticize this guy for making a lot of money. you don't make a lot of money without knowing how to sit down with people who may not agree with you to start. but end up agreeing with you at the end and that's what mitt romney brings to the table. >> obviously governor romney wants to talk a lot about the economy, and just what you're talking about, who can turn it around. and yet there seem to be, they're not side issues because they're core demographic issues that are affecting the party. i talked to former governor jeb bush about it. the standing among hispanics. a real liability for the party. >> the party understands that long-term we've got to continue what has been a long effort to reach minority groups like the hispanics and the hispanics are very entrepreneurial. >> to their credit, they
that behavior of somebody doing something unamerican? what is your standing on that? guest: mitch mcconnell, i believe he made that statement at the heritage foundation or washington think tank and not on the floor. host: bob woodward reports him into national journal and there was more to the statement. guest: it was not made on the senate floor. there was an equivalence here. go back to the bush administration. you had democrats screaming and yelling to impeach george bush because of the war in iraq. you had the senate majority leader: him all sorts of names, not necessarily on the senate floor -- you have the senate majority leader calling him all sorts of names. this is something that has gone on in terms of the coarsening of our politics. there's no room is seems the summit to say, "i agree with the other guy and lustral the lines and fight about that." we see is a stance where, "if the other guy wants to do something, it has to be wrong." parties and that tripping all over themselves. if you go back in time to the eisenhower administration, lyndon johnson decided that their best energy w
statement." mitch mcconnell called for national unity. arizona senator jon kyl told reporters, "this is like a judge telling the woman that got rained you asked for it because of the way you dressed. okay? that's the same thing. well, america, you should be the ones to apologize. you should have known this would happen." and the conservative wing of the party, that and lambasted romney on monday loved him on wednesday. take a look. >> mitt romney's team was smart in coming out strong last night in saying we should never apologize when these things go down. >> today romney is the only guy looking presidential. romney looks like he's the only adult in the room. >> the weekly standard's bill kristo wrote romney is right to seize on this moment. he's right to reject the counsel of the mainstream media so far i believe pretty much so good. the "wall street journal" -- his political faux pas was to offend a pundit class that wants to cede the foreign policy debate to mr. obama. >> there's a broader lesson to be learned here. governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first, aim later. and a
and medical care. mitch mcconnell, leader of the senate republican party, has told us repeatedly that his primary priority was defeating barack obama in 2012. it is readily understandable why he does not wish to emulate senator kennedy and thus enable obama's reelection. one could easily say newt gingrich made a mighty contribution to reelecting bill clinton. in 1996 by giving him a welfare bill that he was surprised to discover that clinton would sign. it may be the weakness of the candidacy would have doomed to regardless but in many ways the election was over. that kennedy embrace so-called welfare reform and republican legislation that was passed. what we learned in american politics was americans fixate on the president and blame warm praise the president for what ever happens. congress gets very little credit or more to the point of a presidential candidate of the opposition congress that works well with a president gets very little credit for their good sportsmanship. what they do is to re-elect the incumbent president. one cannot blame mitch mcconnell for does siring not to re-ele
security. that's something, by the way, that mitch mcconnell basically admitted. let's watch him. >> you said, quote, the single most important thing we want to achieve is for president obama to be a one-term president. so how do you respond to those democratic lines of attack? >> well, that is true. that's my single most important political goal along with every active republican in the country. >> in all the details, all the issues we have about last night, a lot of journalists have it with what was said in this convention especially by paul ryan in his vice presidential acceptance speech, was this claim that they were with obama from the beginning, they were rooting for him from the sidelines, open to cooperate with him and he was going to run again, it's now on the record, he wasn't rooting for him. he was looking for an opening. and mitch mcconnell was saying i'm going to stop this guy in his tracks so he doesn't have one trophy to show the voter in four years. >> chris, you're asking me. i believe that that's exactly what the republican goal was. i believe that they met and conspir
and the debt. paul ryan, rand paul and mitch mcconnell were just three of the headliners who hammered obama on the rate of federal spending and size of the national debt, the fact that the obama administration is overseeing the addition of more than 5 trillion to the federal debt was a favorite applause line. paul pointed out that the u.s. gross debt just under 16 trillion is now on par with gdp. and taxes, energy, obama air, medicare, mel care reform are some of the issues addressed in charlotte this week by the democrats, according to the national journal. again, president obama 2008 voters, are you sticking with him in 2012? first up is william, from london, kentucky on our yes line. william, tell us your views. caller: i'm sticking with obama. i think he is trying. i think the republicans just keep knocking down everything he has done. the politicians are supposed to be for the country. i can't understand why they don't put their heads together and come up with something and work together. doesn't make any sense to me. just a bunch of wasting money host: also jamie in clarks i don't kno
: the republican party. the republican in washington. mitch mcconnell. why isn't there one voice for the nominee? an extraordinary and pitiful performance to this point when it comes to party unity supporting the canada. always good to have you. >> her to be your. lou: thank you. the obama campaign has supporters pledging allegiance to president obama. the governor of texas is responding with a pledge of is on. you don't want to miss it. coming up next, week economist joins us. committee member, former reagan economist. we are coming right back. i mean, yeah, you could say it's an unusual hobby. and yeah, i've had people laugh at me, but i don't care. i just love collecting air. people always say the world is, like, 80% water, right? that means the world has to be like 90% air. that's just science. think it's weird to collect air? you wouldn't think so if you saw what your lungs collect every time you breathe. people can make fun of me all they want, but i choose to see the glass half-full. of air. protect your health with life-saving air quality updates from the american lung association. get o
says the darnedest things. he claimed mitch mcconnell said he wanted to make him a one-term president quote when i first came into office. mcconnell did not say that until october of 2010 nearly two years into the obama term. mcconnell added quote i don't want the president to fail i want him to change end quote. in another answer he said george w. bush issued more regulations he had during the time frame and moments later asked the bush administration for too much de regulation. also mr. obama's president hor hennessy over a response to iran's nuclear program he said he is able to block out any noise that is out there. on the recent events in the middle east a wave of anti u.s. violence among other things killed the u.s. ambassador he spoke of the efen inevitable bumps in the road. jay carney said they did not mean what the words clearly say. if that sounds familiar well it is. that's what mr. obama and his defenders claim when he said if you have a business you didn't build that. >> fox and friends will be getting much more reaction from the president's response to the milled east.
, because lawmakers are ready to pack up and leave. mitch mcconnell not skipping a beat. blaming democrats for all of us. >> never before has a senate and the president done so little to confront challenges so great. neil: and with regulations piling up, so are the costs going up and up. a new report showing that regulation costing taxpayers and businesses. with a health care law kicking in, expect that to grow. dear member this? [applause] >> thank you everybody, thank you. supreme court ruled that the individual mandate was constitutional. neil: they are now going to penalize employers who don't provide the coverage. we have scott pruett here with us. thank you for coming. >> what is the focus of this? >> speaking of regulatory action, the employer mandate penalty would issue state health care exchange or a federal health care exchange. the problem with that ruling is it is in clear violation of informal care act. the state of oklahoma has not taken action to adopt a health care exchange. so we are being deprived of the benefit in our state of employers not having to pay the employer ma
. something that really tells you about what the republican party is becoming. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell hired jesse benton to be his press secretary. now, you might ask, who is jesse benton? jesse benton was ron paul's press secretary in the 2008 presidential election. he was rand paul's campaign manager during his 2010 senate run and then he was ron paul's campaign manager during his 2012 presidential run. so this is a guy who has been as anti-establishment, and as pro-paul as any republican in the country. in fact, for rand paul, the son, to get to the senate, he first had to win a primary against mitch mcconnell's hand-picked candidate in kentucky. it was the true believer conservative outsiders against that entrenched washington establishment. now one of the truest of the true believers is moving into a key position on mcconnell's campaign. but in some ways the move shouldn't be too much of a surprise. to a degree people i think really don't appreciate, ron paul's dramatically changed the face of the republican party. not on everything, of course. his attitudes on foreign policy and
to make mitch mcconnell the majority -- he talked about being bipartisan. here's the deal. with the democrats in the senate, he's had a chance to be bipartisan. because harry reid and the democratic leadership have brought up things in conjunction with the administration. but we see what goes on in the house. if mitch mcconnell becomes the majority leader, it won't make any difference if scott brown would have voted for equal pay or would have voted for this because he'll get no opportunity to do it. mitch mcconnell has said his first-term goal was so defeat obama. his next-term goal would be to frustrate. him. that's why senator brown did not want to talk about issues except for his vehement objection raisrais raisinrais raising the taxes on the richest people in the country. other than that, i was disappointed by a snarky, personal attack not consistent with the nice guy image he's put forward. >> you know, on the issue of specifically attacking elizabeth warren on her native american heritage, scott brown is saying look at her, you can tell she's not native american. lo
mitch mcconnell who has a famous quote saying the number one priority of himself as a republican leader in the senate is to make sure that barack obama is a one-term president. very hard to being bi-partisan when nobody wants to cooperate with you on the other side and that becomes problematic. >> for his first two years barack obama had huge majorities in the congress and he was able to ram through whatever he wanted. >> no. >> also remember very close to when he first started as president he leaned over to the republicans and said, i won. he also told a moderate democrat who opposed the stimulus and voted against it, don't think we are not keeping score, brother. this is not a guy who has carried out his 2004 promise in that big speech he gave at the dnc again about now a red america or a blue america we are the united states of america or even the 2008 barack obama who presented himself as this transcendent guy who was going to bring us all together. he has done the exact opposite, julie and you know it. megyn: let me jump in. when the first lady is out there saying for the president
and minority leader republican mitch mcconnell and with just hours to go, a deal is finally struck but one that basically puts the country through it all again in january. but is that the president's fault? >> my conclusion is presidents clinton, president reagan and if you look at them, and criticize them for lots of things, they by and large work there well. >> reporter: and he did not? >> on this, president obama did not. >> reporter: but here in an election year there are going to be people who say you deliver some ammunition to his opposition. >> i am not delivering ammunition. i am trying to describe what happened. i also make the point that speaker boehner was responsible. >> governor romney has said the president was in over his head. is your bookmaking a case that that was true? >> no. he had partner -- dancer part r partner. he has the republicans in on this. i close the book with the thought that the result of all of this was the status quo, only worse. >> bob woodward's price "the price of politics" is on sale tomorrow. thanks to diane and coming up next, the twists, the flip,
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